This is part one in a five part series that Pastor John gave in 1984 on binding and loosing. To lay the foundation for the series Pastor John will begin speaking about binding spiritual forces in prayer. Pastor John said as we go into ministry and go into reaching our community there are things that we need to understand about the foundation of prayer in the body first.
Just as we need to renew our commitment to worship and our commitment to the Word, as a body we also need to renew our commitment as a body to prayer.”
In order to do this we need to understand why prayer is so difficult and what prayer is. Pastor John’s hope is that we can eliminate some of that difficulty by entering into new dimensions of prayer. In the previous weeks leading up to this message Pastor John had been speaking on foundation principles that Grace Chapel needed to reaffirm. Pastor John wanted to move forward to another foundation in the lives of those at Grace Chapel and they needed to reaffirm the direction of personal and body prayer.
Jesus said that my house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations. Pastor John felt that Grace Chapel wasn’t known as a house of prayer and in that they were lacking.
We are known as a house of worship, a house of the Word, the house of fellowship, but we must be known primarily as a house of prayer.”
Pastor John believes there is a tremendous pressure in our nation that is anti Jesus. It is in all the authority places and it is creeping into the Church. It is trying to darken the full impact of the Gospel of Jesus Christ by establishing us as in power and not Jesus. To be able to bring this kind of foe into releasing his prey we need to first be equipped with defensive armor so we don’t get hurt as we go to stand. We need to be equipped with offensive weapons that will bring Satan under bondage. How we get this armor and weapons is found in verse 18 of Ephesians 6:
18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.
Pastor John suggests to us that this is indeed the intention of the Spirit and writer to tell us that there are more than one or two kinds of prayer. There is a whole dimension of prayer that we need to learn in order for our prayer life to become complete. We can only become strong in the Lord and overcome the forces of evil correctly through praying. Not by just talking about it, but by doing it.
I believe that the Holy Spirit is saying something to us as a body and as Christians today. It is important and it deals with every area and strata of our Christian experience, this issue of praying.”
Pastor John begins this message on binding and loosing by reading the Lord’s Prayer from Matthew 6 to set the stage of where we were last week and where he would like to go in this message. The foundation he is building is learning how to pray effectively. This is the second part in this series binding and loosing titled Motives. Pastor John will get into the motives and technique behind prayer and behind the way we pray, why we pray, and what we are trying to attain when we pray.
I’ve wanted to speak on this subject for about five years and have not been allowed to by the Spirit until today. It’s a very important message to me and I believe it is an important message to this church.”
In this subject of binding and loosing Pastor John talks about how do we bind Satan and loose people into the Kingdom of God. Pastor John believes this message will give us a foundation not just of how to pray, but in what pursuit do we pray. He talks about harvest, what we should be seeking when praying, and what our prayers should be about. There is no reason for our existence unless we are going to walk with him. We have no reason or authority to be here unless we are going to surrender to Jesus fully and walk with him in fullness.
I believe we need to ask the Lord to open us to this concept of binding and loosing through the correction of motivations in our heart as we seek the Lord.”
Pastor John begins part three in a series on binding and loosing by reading from Matthew 16. It is a scripture that he has mentioned many times and is important for us to understand and know. He will be speaking to one particular part of this scripture that talks about taking our authority and understanding the authority principle as compared to the Kingdom of Light and the Kingdom of Darkness. His hope is that we will learn how to distinguish and use these kingdoms.
13 When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples,“Who do people say the Son of Man is?”
14 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”
15 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”
16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”
17 Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. 18 And I tell you that you are Peter,[b] and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades[c] will not overcome it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be[d] bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be[e]loosed in heaven.” 20 Then he ordered his disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah.
In this scripture we find a tremendous amount of truth. First of all God’s church will be built on a solid foundation and that Jesus himself will build his church. The church He builds will be able to carry an offensive battle to the gates of Hell. Jesus gives Peter the keys of the Kingdom and tools to unlock the Kingdom of God for the people. He gives Peter authority to bind things in earth that will be correspondingly bound in heaven and authority to loose things in earth that in the same way will be loosed in heaven.
Pastor John’s hope for the first three messages in this series is to show ways to unlock and release the very power of God into our midst in greater dimensions. In the first two parts of this series Pastor John has tried to challenge our thinking with the admonition from scripture to enter into a complete prayer life. He talked about putting on the armor of God, standing in his strength, and resisting the devil. He talked about praying with all manner of prayer and supplication in the spirit by expanding the parameters of our prayer to include other kinds of prayer.
By expanding the parameters of our prayer life to include these various kinds of prayer I feel we will begin to enter His strength, put on His armor, and learn to use His sword. Thereby begin to take dominion over Satan by not being so wounded all the time.”
Pastor John is persuaded that dealing with the devil in this way will bring victory to the many of the constant, petty, pervasive problems that we face all the time and give us an offense against the Kingdom of Darkness that holds our entire families, city, church from reaching its best in God.
The power of God and authority are not just doctrines according to Pastor John. The fact is that there is not this power operative in our lives to the dimension that God intended it that we are not established in the truth of it even if we think we are. It is important that we go back and cover the basis and make sure that we are ministering from the right foundation of authority and power rather than just talking to the wind. Jesus is our example and the things that Pastor John shares in this message he believed had come to him, many in revelation of the Spirit as he has considered the life of Jesus and tried to follow him.
My faith must be an expression of love not an expression of self gratification. My faith must be an expression of love to God and to people. So the key to unlocking the Kingdom of God and the dimension of spiritual authority is loving faith. Love that cares enough to seek for God’s very best for the people you come in contact with.”
Part of the job description that is given to Pastor John in scripture is found in a few words written in Ephesians 4:12 that he is to prepare God’s people for works of service so that the body of Christ can be built up. Equipping the saints is the ministry that the Lord has primarily given to Pastor John to equip us. To do this Pastor John follows a foundational series of teachings that will lay a very godly foundation in our lives releasing each person that hears and puts them into practice.
In part four in this series on binding and loosing Pastor John will begin explaining how to release the power of God that is in you so that you can become a blessing to those around you in the body and those you meet. The subject is laying on of hands and Pastor John wants to use this as a continuation of releasing us into the power of the Lord.
I want you to remember that we are talking about the power of God and we are trying to enter into not just a knowledge of it, but a knowing or a living knowledge of experience in the power of God that can come into your life.”
Pastor John believes that the issue is not that God is stingy or moody with his power or that God just doesn’t care about us enough to really reach down into our situation, but he believes the issue is that we are not aware, or we are afraid, or we are not under authority that the power of God hasn’t been released in our body. He believes an understanding of laying on of hands is the beginning place of all personal and public ministry.
Jesus came into his disciples’ life and began to do things they didn’t quite understand. He doesn’t preach or give them a message of laying on of hands or of what He is doing. He just starts laying hands on people as the expression of God. Jesus would lay his hands on people and healing them. Laying on of hands had such tremendous affect that those who were plagued with demons began to cry out and fall as Jesus would rebuke them. It was a combination of speaking and touching.
Pastor John believes that laying on of hands is one of the most powerful things that we can do for another person. If we’ll notice that most of the times that the gifts of the Spirit go into operation is when we are touching someone. There can be a flow of spirit, there can be a release of God’s power, but the laying on of hands is a practice of bridging the gap, of showing concern about need, and a way to let the compassion of Jesus well up and be expressed in our hearts.
In the final part of this series on binding and loosing Pastor John begins reading a repeated scripture he believes is important that is found in many books throughout the Bible. Pastor John believes that the fact that this takes up five verses of scripture means that it must be pretty important. Not only does it take up by five verses of scripture in the New Testament, but it’s alluded to quit often in scripture.
Greet one another with a holy kiss.
There is some wisdom to what God is saying here, there are reasons for what He is saying, and then there is some balance to it. Pastor John’s intention when he preaches is to try and gather the intention of the heart of God and clarify that so we live as Jesus would want us to. Through the language, through the years, through the customs, through the culture all the way to a place where we really understand with our minds and a renewed heart, what is it that God is really saying so that we can give ourselves to that.
Remember what we are trying to do is find those keys and those seeds so that when we sow them or move certain things, that it affects other things in the Spirit.”
We want to restrain the forces of bondage over our lives. We want to do acts and have a prayer life and a relationship with God that will do something in the realm of the Spirit that will cause us to be free from some of our problems. This is binding. We want to tie up Satan when he tries to approach us on various levels of life. We need to learn to release things on the other side especially love.
We need to learn how to love each other, how to be affectionate to one another, how to have fervent love among us, and how to enter into charity. We need to go from brotherly love to charity in our relationships in the body. Jesus purchased a love relationship for us and He has supplied and enabled us to enter into it, but we must cooperate with God and do the things that will cause us to move into it.
Are you willing to begin to look at each other as brothers and as lovely people you totally forgive, totally accept, and totally commit to? I want us to start expressing that regularly in our greetings as a church by beginning to close the gap and greeting each other with that holy hug, in Jesus name.”